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as the comedian stephen colbert brought his fictionalized late-night tv character to an actual congressional hearing where he had been invited to testify about a single day he spent on a farm courtesy of the farm workers union. he was hardly the first celebrity to testify before congress, but nobody had seen anything quite like this before, and there's never been a climate quite like this one before. our white house correspondent savannah guthrie is here with us in our new york studios with more on this to start us off. >> reporter: as is customary in washington, colbert submitted prepared written remarking before his testimony, and they looked straightforward enough. when he sat down to testify, he went off script and into his comedy routine. and not everyone is laughing tonight. on capitol hill today, more evidence of why some americans think washington is a joke. the comedian stephen colbert, was billed as an expert witness on farm labor. and testified in character. >> congresswoman asked me to share my vast experience, spending one day as a migrant farm worker. i'm happy to use my celebr
>>> good morning. showtime. comedian stephen colbert appears before congress testifying at a hearing on immigration. >> this is america. i don't want a tomato picked by a mexican. >> did his tongue-in-cheek performance mock congress or send an important message? >>> out of control. a florida mom arrest and charged with child abuse after egging on her teenage daughter's catfight. and it was all caught on tape. >>> and bailed out. lindsay lohan is free this morning just hours after a judge ordered her back to jail. we'll have the latest episode for the troubled young actress. today is saturday, september 25, for the troubled young actress. today is saturday, september 25, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm amy robach. a lot of people may have thought they were watching "the colbert report." actually, no, it was a real subcommittee hearing in congress. >> i have to tell you. i didn't know whether to laugh out loud or cringe because it was awkward at times. colbert not the
administration enforcement website. >> a funny take as far as political sat ire from stephen colbert who testified on immigration and even he managed to get a little serious at times. >> swarmed by media, colbert had barely taken a seat when a congressman tried to kick him out for attracting too much attention and detracking from their work. >> i'm not asking you not to talk. i'm asking you to leave the committee room completely and submit your statement instead. >> he was eventually allowed to stay. he did submit comments and went off script with his wit. >> i'm happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this complicated issue and i hope my star power can bump the hearings all the way up to c-span 1. >> he felt qualified to testify because he spent a dayworking on a farm which was featured on the colbert report. >> you are not qualified. >> thank god! can i go home now? >> he said his experience gave him understanding of why americans don't seek jobs mostly held by migrant workers. >> i break into a cold sweat at the sight of a salad bar. >> he was asked why he took up the cause. >>
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